Make / Model Search

Citroen C4 Picasso

C4 Picasso

1 May 2007

CITROEN re-entered the people mover market in Australia with the C4 Picasso, 32 years after the demise of its iconic, multi-seat DS Safari station wagon.

Known as the C4 Grand Picasso abroad, the French-built Citroen competes with the Honda Odyssey and Mitsubishi Grandis, as well as its Renault Grand Scenic compatriot.

Like these, the Picasso has four doors and a three-row, seven-seater cabin layout, with the last pair of chairs folding flat into the floor.

However the Citroen was first in class with a diesel engine – a 2.0-litre HDI common-rail twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 100kW of power at 4000rpm and 270Nm of torque at 2000rpm – transversely mounted and driving the front wheels.

The sole transmission on offer is an Aisin-supplied AM6 six-speed automatic gearbox with a steering-wheel paddle-shift function.

This combination – unavailable in Europe in the seven-seater Picasso, and devised specifically for Australia, New Zealand and Japan – helps the HDi deliver a combined average fuel-consumption figure of 6.1 litres per 100km and a carbon-dioxide reading of 159 grams per kilometre.

Top speed is 195km/h, the 100km/h mark is hit in 12.5 seconds, and the standstill to 400m-sprint time takes 18.5 seconds.

In contrast, the EW10A 2.0-litre twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder petrol engine model delivers 103kW at 6000rpm, 200Nm at 4000rpm, 8.9L/100km, 211g/km of carbon dioxide waste, 190km/h, a 12.2 second 0-100km/h-sprint run, and an identical 0-400m-dash result. Plus, the 2.0-litre petrol Picasso must suffice with Citroen’s AL4 four-speed automatic gearbox.

No manual or semi-automatic transmissions are available for now.

Read more

When it was new

Citroen models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here